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Old 01-12-2004, 06:24 AM   #1
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Default Show us your \"traditional\" TEARDROP CAMPER...

I'm thinkin about building one, and would like to see some ideas. Any little "trick" doo-dads, that you don't see everyday?

Way too much $$$ flies out the window every year staying in some fancy hotel, that's run by A-rabs.
Besides, I wanna sleep with TUCK at BTT50's

...THAT didn't come out right.


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Old 01-12-2004, 07:42 AM   #2
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Heres a crappy pic of a camper my friend brad barrows built by scratch and tows around with him! Nate
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Old 01-12-2004, 07:57 AM   #3
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check on the RRT look under members(Sumner) under 1FATGMC, he's got a few sites there
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Old 01-12-2004, 08:54 AM   #4
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jd,

Here's one website I have marked: http://www.teardrops.net/links01.html

i've googled this subject in the past and came up with more info than one person can digest.
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Old 01-12-2004, 10:46 AM   #5
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Default Re: Show us your \"traditional\" TEARDROP CAMPER...

but Atch - you want a SCOTTY remember?

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Old 01-12-2004, 10:56 AM   #6
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Default Re: Show us your \"traditional\" TEARDROP CAMPER...

I had a 1940's factory tear drop back in the 70's. They're fine for a couple of guys. Not too much fun for a young family. In a Scotty you can stand up and pull your pants on. That's a big plus over a tear drop.
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Old 01-12-2004, 01:02 PM   #7
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Thanks guys...Great stuff!!!

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Old 01-12-2004, 01:37 PM   #8
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Heres the one I had in the classifieds...Danny
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Old 01-12-2004, 01:46 PM   #9
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hahahaha... I hope u guys camp this year... the campsite RULES. We wana bring a pop-up instead of my tent with air conditioning and micro fridge.

theres NO ROOM in my tent except for jolene so you better be planning on buying a damn camper

ive been working on a guy to buy a old 40's teardrop from california. Its super cool... and old... and has a patina... its perfect. But this guy wants to tear it apart and make plans and make a new one... i tried to explain that you can buy plans but... some people... damn

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Old 01-12-2004, 02:04 PM   #10
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I check out egay and came up with plans for tear drop trailers from the 40's for $9.95 (buy now) plus $2.50 shipping. Don't know if this would be something you'd want or not. Tear Drop Trailer Plans on Ebay.
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Old 01-12-2004, 04:48 PM   #11
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I had a 47 Grunman Teardrop..., never seen one since...! But check out these cool sites...!

http://home.indy.rr.com/teardropper/new_time.html

http://www.teardrops.net/mystery/

http://www.desertteardrops.com/

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Old 01-12-2004, 05:18 PM   #12
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In a Scotty you can stand up and pull your pants on. That's a big plus over a tear drop.

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Can someone provide more info on the "Scotty"?

Are they rare / still available / what?

I just went and looked at a 1951 Crown 15' semi-tear drop / polished aluminum - really cool looking and still all original, but a little too far gone and I have too many projects going to rehab it right now.
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Old 01-12-2004, 05:35 PM   #13
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CB,

Yes, I want a Scotty; but if I don't find one I might build one similar to my friend's 40's all aluminum teardrop. That's right, NO WOOD. All aluminum aircraft construction with rivets. This thing's 50 - 60 years old and doesn't need to be restored 'cause there never was any wood in it to rot. His children are grown/gone now, but when they were small the 4 of them drug that thing all over the U.S. behind a model A sedan. For me (single; just one person to occupy it) a teardrop would work fine and tow pretty easy. But if I find a Scotty I'd like that even better.
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Old 01-12-2004, 05:50 PM   #14
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MAN! I've wanted a teardrop for a long time. I did some research online also, so you should be able to find just about any style you can think of. According to a couple of those sites, you'd probably want to stay away from one you hafta restore, because just about everything's shot (plywood, alum., etc.); then again, they probably just want to sell you a $60 set of plans....
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Old 01-12-2004, 06:01 PM   #15
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Here is one I picked up a few years ago with big plans to fix it up. almost all the wood has been replaced but it needs to be skinned. It has a masonite skin on it now.

Your today for only $500 bucks or trade.
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Old 01-12-2004, 06:21 PM   #16
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Are you on broadband or fast dial up? I have some pics of my build up I will email to you.
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Old 01-12-2004, 06:35 PM   #17
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Me? Dial-up.
Actually, I'm so far back in the woods, I think it's 1880's telegraph lines. You're welcome to send 'em, though. Thanks.
I'm at norweld@cheqnet.net

I had NO idea there was such a "cult following" for these. That's pretty cool. Bought or built, I'm definately gonna have one this summer.

Thanks guys, and keep 'em comin'


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Old 01-12-2004, 06:46 PM   #18
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Default Re: Show us your \"traditional\" TEARDROP CAMPER...

Here is mine. It is a 1946-48 Modernistic but these were also sold as Cub's, and Modernair's. For more pictures check out this web site.http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/...guid=103690344
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Old 01-12-2004, 09:39 PM   #19
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this is my scotty.. behind my 40 ford.. in hackberry, AZ summer 2003

scottys were made from mid 50's through mid 80's they were built in irwin, pa. somewhere in OK.. and at a plant in GA.

mine is a 15 foot from 1969.. several other members of the sowhat crew have them as well..

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Old 01-12-2004, 10:09 PM   #20
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I did the logo for this guy:
Tiny Tears
He claims to have flipped one of his over and not sustained any damages. I don't think he builds them, just sells plans.

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Old 01-12-2004, 10:37 PM   #21
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Not a teardrop, more of a marshmallow. This is our '78 Burro, the same Co. made the U-haul campers that look similar. This one has the big, round taillights.

I'm 6'2" and can stand up in the center, and it has a double bed in the rear half. Keeps the rain out, the 5000BTU A/C more than compensates for no insulation, even in FL and my 4 banger S-10 pulls it easy.

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Old 01-13-2004, 09:24 AM   #22
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In a Scotty you can stand up and pull your pants on. That's a big plus over a tear drop.

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Can someone provide more info on the "Scotty"?

Are they rare / still available / what?



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Here's the link to my scotty....in progress...going slow now that it's winter...
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/ubbthre...rt=&PHPSESSID=

Also...if you go to the scotty yahoo group they know their stuff. http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/...r_enthusiasts/

I personally haven't found THAT much information online regarding scottys... There is one website that has great pictures of restoring one. Watch ebay - one or two go up for auction just about every month.
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...tem=2453960617

here's one on ebay.
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...tem=2454107312


this one they have advertised as "airstream LIKE teardrop trailer". I'm pretty positive it's a Scotty. LOL It's a silverside, which are more valuable than the others.
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Old 01-13-2004, 10:45 AM   #25
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Old blue, our 47 ford with my son's 47 kit camper. Nutz
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Old 01-13-2004, 10:47 AM   #26
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old blue and our 70's beachcomber. 1400 # and 15 feet long. Tows like a dream.
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Old 01-13-2004, 10:59 AM   #27
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here's my old one...

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Old 01-13-2004, 11:07 AM   #28
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The early Hot Rod Mechanix by Tex Smith had plans for them in one of the first few issues. If I can find the time I will look it up. Can't show pictures though, I don't have a scanner.
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Old 01-13-2004, 01:19 PM   #29
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fordnutz, I have the same exacy '47 KIT. I bought mine years ago for $650. I love it so much I conceived my 2nd kid in that thing at Daytona. It's now christened The Babymaker.
I lost all my pictures due to my computer crashing otherwise I'd post some.

Pick up that book Ready To Roll, it's truly awesome, but quite expensive.
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Old 01-13-2004, 01:29 PM   #30
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Not a teardrop but a 72 Boler. Super light and big enough inside for me to sleep(I'm 6'3")
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Old 01-13-2004, 01:31 PM   #31
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I'm guessing that people must have been smaller "in the day" cause you ain't getting my big ass in that teardrop.
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Old 01-14-2004, 01:04 AM   #32
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That little one that FORDNUTZ posted is just about what I was thinkin of.
I'm planning on pulling it behind my deuce, which is only around 2,000 lbs. with antiquated brakes. I don't want to have to think about it being back there.
I just want a place to sleep for a few hours. The rest of the time I'll be drinkin' moonshine and throwin' water on streetrods. Besides, RYANS car is really loud early in the morning. ...
Thanks everyone for all the info...
These things are cool. I've wanted one ever since Donald Duck went bouncin' down the road in his.

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Old 01-14-2004, 10:58 AM   #33
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Got rid of my crappy little camper, but this type was always one of my faves- 1955 kom-pac trailer boat, the top came off the camper and was a boat. Always thought it'd be cool to find an old boat and build a camper like this around it. Then I woke up and realized I'll never finish my current projects...


Also, Shasta made a pretty cool little camper that had silver 'wings' on the back. Couldn't easily find a pic that I could scab, however.

Just some different ideas for your project. Good luck.
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Old 01-14-2004, 11:11 AM   #34
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junkyarddog, check out the website desertteardrops.com as mentioned above. They have complete plans for the "Kit" teardrop trailer. They are $60 but contain full size templates and instructions. (Not that it takes a brain surgeon to build one of those things, but it makes it easier)
I have been doing some research lately and found that I want to try and get the plans from this site. Anybody familiar with tose guys?

I would like to pull the teardrop with my A roadster on duece rails. Anybody have experienced pulling a 650lbs trailer with such a lightweight vehicle?

Nads turned me on to a cool book on the subject of vintage trailers. It's called "Ready to Roll" and worth getting if you're toying with the idea of building something and need some inspiration.
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Old 01-14-2004, 11:52 AM   #35
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Swiss mike desertteardrops.com is SoCheap here on the board... maybe he'll give you a Hamby discount...
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Old 01-14-2004, 01:20 PM   #36
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gr8ballsofire, thanks for the info. I just went ahead and ordered the plans. It said on the website to allow 6-8 weeks for delivery in light of the events of september 11. WTF? Did he switch to pony express to send stuff out?
Cool website, though.
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Old 01-14-2004, 07:42 PM   #37
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Hey Joe, does Tuck know you want too sleep with him...lol...
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Old 01-14-2004, 11:41 PM   #38
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Yeah, but we've talked it over and decided it would probably ruin our friendship.
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Old 01-15-2004, 12:18 AM   #39
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My 81 Scamp Camper (Behind the Black 53). Sunday morning on a float trip I woke up with my head in a puddle in the bottom of my tent and said never again! Tuesday I went and looked at the trailer the lines match my favorite trucks so I bought it. When the truck on the right gets paint someday it will be painted ot match.

I slept on the ground for 25 years, now I can't belive I didn't buy one sooner.
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There is a rv dealer here near me, they are selling new trailers that resemble the teardrop trailers. Look kinda cool from the road, but not stopped to look at em, sure they aren't cheap....To
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Old 01-15-2004, 10:24 AM   #41
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Does anybody know what the hell kinda wheels those are on the old KIT campers?
They're 16" with six lugs. The axles stick out so far I can't imagine how you would put hub caps on them The wheels do have tangs for hub caps though. I'd love to put some caps on mine.

Also SwissyBoy, if you're gonna build a camper I suggest you use parallel lead springs as opposed to the torsion bar suspension I have on mine. That torsion bar's stiff as heel.
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Old 01-15-2004, 02:07 PM   #42
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Nads, is yours a dropped axle or a straight axle? What's wrong with a torsion axle. That's what they recommend on the website for the plans I'm getting.
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Old 01-15-2004, 04:41 PM   #43
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Here is a pic a a scotty blocking my garage ...
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Gotta get rid of those dumb paws and get some aqua paint.
or nobodys gonna pull it away
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Heres a picture of a teardrop that belongs to a friend of mine. He totally rebuilt it from ground up. It has the original propane tank, gas burner and ice box.
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Old 01-15-2004, 07:09 PM   #45
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Yeah... That's what I want.
That's the perfect size. What... about 8' long and 4' wide.
DUSTY suggested a "slot" in the rear kitchen area where the mattress can slid out.
I love the fenders on that one too TWISTED OKIE.
I'll have to DP-90 mine to match the car. That'll look cool against the aluminum.

I soooo gotta build one!!!


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Old 01-16-2004, 02:39 PM   #46
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here my 48 kit when we were coming back from the redwoods in 1998 to idaho. they pull real good to at least 100.
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Hi guys,
I am from Wisconsin and I have a Original 1946 Kit Camper Company tear drop camper.
I pull it with my 1941 Ford Sedan Delivery street rod. Been all over the country the last 2 years with this set up. Sure beats the price of the host hotels on those rod runs.
I have been on several Street Rodder magazine rod runs to Texas, CA, CO, NY, KY, TN and more.
Great fun!!
AL THO, I need help with the Original Torsion Bar axle system. The bushings in the torsion bar tube seem to be wearing out and causing the tire and wheel to have too much play and leaning in to the camper at the top.
Any one have any suggestions?
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They are early Chevrolet truck wheels. 6 X 5 1/2 1947-53.
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Hi guys,
I am from Wisconsin and I have a Original 1946 Kit Camper Company tear drop camper.
I pull it with my 1941 Ford Sedan Delivery street rod. Been all over the country the lat 2 years with this set up. Sure beats the price of the host hotels on those rod runs.
I have been on several Street Rodder magazine rod runs to Texas, CA, CO, NY, KY, TN and more.
Great fun!!
ALTHO, I need help with the Original Torsion Bar axle system. The busings in the torsion bar tube seem to be wearing out and causing the tire and wheel to have too much play and leaning in to the camper at the top.
Any one have any suggestions?
Don
I own and use a orginal Kit camper as well as build a replica unit as well. My orginal trailer did what yours is doing, i ( took some time) replaced all my orginal axle grease zerts and finally got some grease in the tubes and out the bushings , never hit the sides again....
www.bubbastrailerpark.com

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Glad to see this old thread opened again. Check out our www.bubbastrailerpark.com site...
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Traditional,I think Not. A Teardrop, well kinda?
But it is a 1947 built by the Aluminum trailer Co. in Glendale ca. I built the porthole windows, wings, skirts and rear wood deck. The plan is to pull it with the COE some day.





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Here is one I built a few years back in England, larger than most, all aluminium on a 1/2" sq tube frame.













the rear bumper is an English Ford model 62, very like a 36 Ford one.
the wings are 48 Austin pickup. Art Deco interior, I sold it to Dooster hotrods in the UK, unfinished.
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I bought a new one last year from a company in Wisconsin called Camp-Inn. It fully loaded with air and a tv.

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This is a pic of a 1936 homebuilt "woodie" teardrop that I owned until last August. Great little trailer. Traditional size, 4' by 8' and style. Built on some kind of old car frame with 17" ford wheels and leaf springs that were 4' long.

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The top pic is my current project, a 1948 Modernaire which I am making roadworthy and campable and the lower pic is my homebuilt which I finished in early 2008. Camped in that one at "the bend in the road" at Bonneville last year.

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I will try this one.

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I towed a 1947 Kit to the International Teardrop Gathering in 2005 with a 1963 Riviera that I had at the time. Have since sold both of them.

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Here's some pics of the 1947 KIT "Sportsman" teardrop camper trailer that we were going to tow behind our full-fendered '32 Roadster and/or the HEMI32 coupe:

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We added some "matching" tires & rims** and started the initial "bodywork" ... but I kinda lost interest in the project ... and eventually sold it in 1991.

** NOTE: our '32 Roadster ran a set of chromed 1950-60 Chrysler (Motor Rim) wire wheels (with repro 1932 Ford V8 hubcaps) ... so for the trailer we also opted for Chrysler wires ... except we painted them '56 Cadillac Mandan Red (same as the HEMI32 coupe) ... and added some stainless beauty rings off of a later model Volvo.

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Here is mine. It is a homemade unit from about mid 30's. It was so old it had a wooden frame and tongue. The tongue was made from two 2x4's and measured a true 2"x4". hardwood. I rescued it out of the hills of Idaho. It was being used as a storage shed. The interior was in pretty good shape and we liked its patina along with the windows and inside roof vent. Built a new steel frame, replaced a few pieces of aluminum siding and remodeled the rear cooking area for our needs. DA sanded the whole thing so the new pieces matched the old stuff. We love it and camp all over the NW pulling it behind one of my rods.
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Here's one that I built a few years ago. They are really easy to build. I had no previous woodworking experience and it still went really smoothly. The link is to a series of pics showing step by step how I built it.

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Here is my home built teardrop. Made it to haul my wife's handicap scooter. Wooden frame work, plywood and skinned with aluminum.
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Hi guys,
I am from Wisconsin and I have a Original 1946 Kit Camper Company tear drop camper.
I pull it with my 1941 Ford Sedan Delivery street rod. Been all over the country the lat 2 years with this set up. Sure beats the price of the host hotels on those rod runs.
I have been on several Street Rodder magazine rod runs to Texas, CA, CO, NY, KY, TN and more.
Great fun!!
ALTHO, I need help with the Original Torsion Bar axle system. The busings in the torsion bar tube seem to be wearing out and causing the tire and wheel to have too much play and leaning in to the camper at the top.
Any one have any suggestions?
Don
Don I just ran across you post - here is a source for replacement parts for your kit axle:

@ http://www.teardropparts.com/sub-pag...-and-axels.htm


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Hi Jim,
I did not subscribe to this thread and just checked in again and saw your post in answer to my axle problems. Thanks.
I am still working with George on my original axle. Thanks for your help and emails about the torsion "stubby" axle you provide. Possibly some one here will want information about it.
I want to try to get some grease in those bushings to try to save my original axle. If not I will be contacting you again about the replacement. I do understand that I need to get the "complete" set up with the drums and bearings in order to use my original 6 x 5 1/2 Chevy truck wheels.
I will stop in and see you on one of my trips to Louisville, Ky. NSRA 40th anniversary this year and I am going. After that off with Street Rodder Magazine to Bonneville for Speed Week.
Taking the tear drop also and camping at Louisville.
Are you going to Louisville or Bonneville?
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[ I own and use a orginal Kit camper as well as build a replica unit as well. My orginal trailer did what yours is doing, i ( took some time) replaced all my orginal axle grease zerts and finally got some grease in the tubes and out the bushings , never hit the sides again....
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Hi Jim,
I did not subscribe to this thread and just checked in again and saw your post in answer to my axle problems. Thanks.
I am still working with George on my original axle. Thanks for your help and emails about the torsion "stubby" axle you provide. Possibly some one here will want information about it.
I want to try to get some grease in those bushings to try to save my original axle. If not I will be contacting you again about the replacement. I do understand that I need to get the "complete" set up with the drums and bearings in order to use my original 6 x 5 1/2 Chevy truck wheels.
I will stop in and see you on one of my trips to Louisville, Ky. NSRA 40th anniversary this year and I am going. After that off with Street Rodder Magazine to Bonneville for Speed Week.
Taking the tear drop also and camping at Louisville.
Are you going to Louisville or Bonneville?
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Heres Devon Rods old one ...I bought it unfinished from him and finished it off .....He made a beautiful job of it ....

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Traditional? Hell no! But someone had to do it.

My son drags this one behind his slightly hopped up moped.

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Here is my Teardrop; based roughly on an early one found in Pop Mech magazine a long time ago. The axle and fenders will be changed to a more 'traditional' look as soon as it gets a bit warmer and I can work in the garage. My plans are to have a suitable 'Rod' to be my tow vehicle and get rid of the Jeep.
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here is a picture of my new teardrop 5 x 9 almost done
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Had this one for several years. Wife & I really enjoyed having it, but sold it late this past summer.....'cause we're gonna build one to our own design.

The one we had was a mid 80's Lonely Teardrop (now defunct)


and I saw this one last spring at a teardrop gathering......(beautiful rig)
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Here's mine. It's black now with tires, wheels, and hub caps to match the car. Pretty plain Jane. We have a coke cooler and a propane stove in the back. Never have slept in it. The room service is crappy and there's no cable TV. Like someone said earlier, it tows great, at least up to 100.
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I'm wondering if anyone has ever considered reversing the design of the traditional tear drop, ie.. putting the pointy-er end into the wind and making the clamshell door for cooking on the taller, blunt end. Seems it might be more aero... would take some getting used to, eh? Gary
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I'm wondering if anyone has ever considered reversing the design of the traditional tear drop, ie.. putting the pointy-er end into the wind and making the clamshell door for cooking on the taller, blunt end. Seems it might be more aero... would take some getting used to, eh? Gary
Aircraft wings are curved on the top and flat on the bottam...you might get a little more "lift" than you want, it won't take offbut it might handle poorly.
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My 47 Kit Trailer has only one door on the LH side rather than 2. The original axle under it was a swing axle with a coil spring wrapped aound the axle on each side. One spring was broken, couldn't find any parts so bought a brand new axle duplicate of original at a trailer place. Wheels/hubs are 5 on 4 1/2" circle.
Typical 4X8 floor construction using 3/4(?) plywood for floors, walls, back hatch ribs and perimeter frame, kitchen cabinets, door, bookshelf and a thin plywood for the inner skin from lower front up to the hatch hinge, and lining the inside of the hatch.
Under the rear deck is the kitchen: stainless round water tank( sadly I'm missing this piece) from side to side at top under the hinge, filler outside on the LH side, small stainless sink mounted to tank on RH side above cooler lid. Cooler is top-opening with latch and zinc-lined box with bottom drain and just below the top on the face of the cabinet a genuine Coca-Cola bottle opener. On left of cooler is a open frame cast iron 2 burner propane stove on a steel-covered asbestos tray. The face of the cabinet under the cooktop has two doors which access storage beneath the cooktop.
Exterior is aircraft aluminum as were most of these postwar creations.
When I got it, it had an upper deck added to it for sleeping quarters for the PO's kids while camping/fishing in OK. It also had 32 Chevrolet rear fenders and runningboards and a 47 Chevrolet rear bumper with guards and a splash shelf between the bumper and body for stowage. The no-door side had an expandable Model T era luggage rack(fence) along the runningboard. I won't be keeping any of that except maybe the upper deck.

We'll be getting started on the rebuild pretty soon. These darlings don't like to outside unattended for 40 years, but she'll be back as good as new or better and on the road again.

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Here is my teardrop we just took it and teh 51 on our honeymoon 5500 miles. Route 66 from KS to CA then up highway 1 / 101 to OR and back home to KS.
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Junkyard Dog 32,
Teardrop trailers are cool, especially when towed behind a hot rod or old car.
Pictured below is my Kit Camper reproduction which I've used a lot for 10 years.
Based on my personal experience, here's my $.02 for your consideration if you're gonna build or buy one:
Most of the older ones and new repros are built on a 4X8 sheet of plywood. That's great for one person but pretty narrow inside for 2 people, unless you're very skinney and/or very friendly. Some newer ones I've seen are 5 ft. wide. That's better.
Some have only one door. 2 doors is way better, for convenience and for airflow.
A roof vent is important. Some have fans built in. Mine doesn't.
My windows only slide open about 3 inches...not enough. Teardrops can get hot as hell inside. Go for bigger windows.
I had snap-in screens made that cover the whole door opening, so I can open the doors for airflow at night, but there's a trade-off for security.
I'm 5 ft. 9 inches tall. That's just enough room to stretch out because 2 ft. of the 8 ft length is taken up by the rear kitchen/storage area. If you're taller, consider a longer unit or shrinking the kit./storage area.
One big drawback is that you can't stand up so changing clothes is a pain in the butt. If I were to design one, I'd consider some way to pop up the top.
A Shasta or Scotty would be more comfortable, but they're a lot heavier than a teardrop. Mt t.d. weighs 600 lbs w. a 100-125 tongue wt. You hardly know it's there.
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Aircraft wings are curved on the top and flat on the bottam...you might get a little more "lift" than you want, it won't take offbut it might handle poorly.
True, but wings are also round on the leading edge and pointed on the trailing edge, producing lift as the air takes the longer distance over the top of the wing. So if they (in aero for dummies) the wing or the teardrop, were reversed wouldn't it make less lift (hence give better drag figures?). I doubt it really makes much difference, I was just wondering. Also, you would put your feet in the small end (which would be up front if the whole deal was reversed) when sleeping and sit up inside / cook outside on the taller end, making things a bit more comfortable.

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I'm building one this winter. The frame is done and the sides and floor are together for a test fit. Mine is built on a 4x8 base. I am not building a rear kitchen. I don't want to deal with the hatch leaks. All of the cooking supplies will ride on a system of shelves inside. We'll cook outside. I'm also running early ford 16" wheels with motor cycle style fenders (made from a 35 ford spare tire cover) mounted to the axle. Since there's no rear hatch, I mounted 32 rear frame horns, a spreader bar and a vintage luggage rack back there. I'm going for a patina'd vintage look. We'll be on the road with it in the spring 2010. I'll post some pictures soon. Sam
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True, but wings are also round on the leading edge and pointed on the trailing edge, producing lift as the air takes the longer distance over the top of the wing. So if they (in aero for dummies) the wing or the teardrop, were reversed wouldn't it make less lift (hence give better drag figures?). I doubt it really makes much difference, I was just wondering. Also, you would put your feet in the small end (which would be up front if the whole deal was reversed) when sleeping and sit up inside / cook outside on the taller end, making things a bit more comfortable.

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here is a couple pic of my teardrop

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I own and use a orginal Kit camper as well as build a replica unit as well. My orginal trailer did what yours is doing, i ( took some time) replaced all my orginal axle grease zerts and finally got some grease in the tubes and out the bushings , never hit the sides again....
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I did the same as you with the grease fittings and forced some grease in the tube, bounced it, shook it and greased it again and finally got some grease out of each end so I feel it is well greased now.
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I will stop in and see you when I pass through on the way to Louisville in 2011 August.
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For some dumb reason I've been wanting one of these small campers.
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There are a few originals still around, although most need tore down to the frame. Might as well build one from scratch.
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This summer, I towed my 650 lb teardrop up the interstate about 2 1/2 hours- sometimes over 80 mph with a 31 "A" roadster with model A frame, 49 Cadillac engine, 40 brakes + no trailer brakes. No problem.
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i picked one up off evil bay..guy started building it and got it down to installing and sealing the trim..jumped on it for the price, hell i couldn't get near it building one myself...has modern doors, (slide down windows, screens) a vent with a fan...based on a Lil Guy's design..torsion suspension, new trailer tires on new aluminum mags..hell the doors alone are $500...i need to get a pic up....
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Finished this one recently for a customer. It is based on a Kit Mfg, profile, but we made it 5 ft wide instead of 4. Has removable roof racks and a tongue box to house a/c
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How about a replica of a 40's wooden "Cabin Car"?
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Or maybe a 40's "SlumberCoach"
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This is my custom woody "teardrop." I know it is larger than most but, it allows me to bring the fam along on camping trips. It has bunk beds for the kiddos and a kitchenette for cooking inside. It also has A/C and a toilet - all the comforts of home. Polishing it was a bear. It was fun to build and I am looking forward to building others real soon. This picture was taken at the Parthenon in Nashville, TN.
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Here's a picture of my "homebuilt" teardrop on the test-tow. Still working on the fenders.
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nice wood work, think i'm gunna steal that layout for mine.

and to everyone who posted...thanks for all the pics and website listings on here it was a great help building mine.
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Years ago Tex Smith did a article in his hot rod mechanics magazine about how to build a teardrop that you could hinge the rear pointed end of the body so you could tilt it up for tons of more room to stand up in.Kind of like a pop up camper.It was really cool .With a little back yard engineering and common sense, it can be done and still look good. He is a low buck hot rod builder that always says you can do it for less $ yourself and still play with the hot rods. For most of us today it is reality.
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Here is one I just picked up 194? Tourette all aluminium, tows good, needs some cosmetics but a pretty nice old camper
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i love those little things.. i've built 5 of them myself... humm maybe i should build another to pull behind my coupe...
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can some of you take pictures of your inside door latch mechanism. I have heard from a reliable source they might be similar to those used on Woodies.
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Years ago Tex Smith did a article in his hot rod mechanics magazine about how to build a teardrop that you could hinge the rear pointed end of the body so you could tilt it up for tons of more room to stand up in.Kind of like a pop up camper.It was really cool .With a little back yard engineering and common sense, it can be done and still look good. He is a low buck hot rod builder that always says you can do it for less $ yourself and still play with the hot rods. For most of us today it is reality.
Love the stand up idea. Other neat ideas can be found here on these larger but very well made Canadian units. Gary

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check out this site http://www.teardroptrailers.net/Phot...Code=INLL+Left

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Here was my familys little weekend cruise to Indian Springs State Park today!!!
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I like it. Are you going to do a matching paint job? Or perhaps a contrasting / bright / safety color like candy orange?!?!? Gary
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Tex Smith did a article years ago on tear drops how to build. He had a cool idea. He hinged it at the rear lower point so the whole body could be lifted up and supported with prop rods,locked in place and drop the screened apron (or canvas ) like a pop up camper so you could stand up in it. Cool idea it would make it a lot more comfortable.
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Tex Smith did a article years ago on tear drops how to build. He had a cool idea. He hinged it at the rear lower point so the whole body could be lifted up and supported with prop rods,locked in place and drop the screened apron (or canvas ) like a pop up camper so you could stand up in it. Cool idea it would make it a lot more comfortable.
He wasn't the first to think about using canvas sides on a teardrop.

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Here is one I just picked up 194? Tourette all aluminium, tows good, needs some cosmetics but a pretty nice old camper
I bought an identical Tourette in Colorado in 1987 for a hundred bucks. A pair of tires and a bearing pack was all it needed for the 650-mile trip home. We fixed it up a bit and went camping in it three times. I traded it on a hot rod project after a year. That little episode nearly cost my marriage! I'd never seen my wife so pissed at me! She came unglued when she saw what I had traded for; and to be honest, that was one of my worst car-related trades.

I've got a slighly smaller 1946 trailer I'm restoring now. She digs that!
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Old 07-15-2012, 02:28 PM   #122
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Holy crap this is awesome! Future project right here.....
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Most important thing if you're building or restoring a tear drop trailer is having a door on both sides. Hell crawling over someone else ( midnight bathroom run ) if there is only one door.
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Seems to be a few Touretts on here. Ours is a 1947.
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Bob,there is a place in Sandy Springs that has one of the bigger style on their lot,,it appears to be brand new. HRP
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Bob,there is a place in Sandy Springs that has one of the bigger style on their lot,,it appears to be brand new. HRP
Kool beans! Haven't been over that way since we've got outside drivers goin to the painters for us. Now I've got a reason to do some much needed loaferin.
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How's this Bob?
That's what I'm talkin 'bout! Been diggin ur stuff for a while. I'm hopein to build one if I ever get the "do" list whittled down and the '55 done.
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That's what I'm talkin 'bout! Been diggin ur stuff for a while. I'm hopein to build one if I ever get the "do" list whittled down and the '55 done.
Bob,,, Are you making any progress on the '55? HRP
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Bob,,, Are you making any progress on the '55? HRP
Nope. Got to much other stuff eatting my fun tickets. Family/home first kinda stuff. Lurkin here and makein plans tho. Kinda wondering what happened to Dans post tho?
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these KIT trailers rock!
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Here's an idea... find an el-cheapo old hot rodded pickup, strip the body and build / put your teardrop trailer on the chassis! They'd be like racing jelly beans that sleep two!. Gary
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Here is a shot of my buddies camper he just finished. He built and modified it from some original 1940's plans. It turned out fantastic, and he has camped in it too.
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cant download a pic of mine but I built it for under 1500 bucks. not that hard to build.can use a harbor freight frame or tractor supply, and a builders sheet from one of the teardrop networks. tearjerkers, tin can tourists,and a few more I cant think of right now.
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I've never seen a teardrop with a tent at the rear. I like that.
I remember in the late 70's when my younger brother moved to Phoenix then back. He had a pink 57 Caddy convertible with steerhorn on hood and an original teardrop trailer. Won it from a cowboy!
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Had this many years ago. It was a 1948 with manufacturers tag on the frame. Bought it for 100, sold it for 200. Last time I saw it, it was yellow behind a rod in Florida.
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If you want more info on the teardrop/popup you might google Kampmaster or Wild Goose teardrop. Lots of info out there including blueprints for a home build.
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Here is a link to the NEW ones. I think they are built in Germany. I've seen a few go past our place as they tour Scotland. They look OK, but, hardly traditional.
http://www.springbankleisure.com/
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Link to Customcarchronicle.com: Thanks Rik Hoving

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